May 24, 2011
With the regular season complete, Miami turns its attention to the 2011 Mid-American Conference Baseball Championship Wednesday to Saturday.
The RedHawks (32-24, 18-9) finished with the second-best record in the league and are the No. 3 seed. They face No. 6 Toledo in the opening game Wednesday at 12:30 p.m., while Central Michigan and Western Michigan are the other two teams in the half-bracket.
With its standing for the MAC Tournament already clinched, Miami dropped two of three at Ohio this weekend. The RedHawks won the opener 8-7, but fell 3-2 and 10-9 (in 10) in the final two contests.
The RedHawks have won 16 of their last 22 games to reach 30 or more for the sixth time in seven years. The 18 MAC wins are the most since 2003.
Freshman Marcus Makuch is back in the team lead in batting at .330. He is 6-for-13 over his last five games.
Jon Edgington has been on fire lately, batting .438 (21 of 48) over the last 12 games, hitting safely in 10 of those. He is second on the team in average at .316.
Kyle Weldon (.309) are tied for the team lead with 47 runs batted in.
On the mound, the RedHawks have a 3.26 team ERA. The three weekend starters have combined for 17 of Miami's wins and a 2.70 ERA.
Miami's first two starters will be sophomore Tyler Melling (7-2). The duo has combined for 131 strikeouts and only 31 walks this season.
Miami's bullpen has been stellar as well. It has a 12-9 record and a 3.24 ERA over 188.2 innings pitched. Collectively, the group has inherited 115 runners with only 36 scoring.